Master's degree

Master's programme in Astronomy, 120 credits

Welcome to the Department of Astronomy! Our MSc programme gives you a well-rounded and broad education in astronomy, closely connected to world leading research. Whether you are interested in black holes, cosmology, exo-planets or exploding stars, this two year programme is the right choice for you. The program covers both theoretical and observational approaches to modern astronomy. Our students acquire skills in current research methods and proficiency to analyse evaluate and present complex astrophysical data.




Albanova, the center of research and education within Astronomy and Physics at Stockholm university.
Albanova, the center of research and education within Astronomy and Physics at Stockholm university.

Reasons to choose Stockholm University

First class education and close connection to department research:
Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest ranked universities in the world and a leading European university. Together with the Department of Physics we cover world leading research in particle physics and astronomy, including both theoretical as well as more observational and experimental research. With all our teachers being active researchers, you are offered various ways to get in contact with recent advancements in each respective field through lectures, laboratory sessions or degree projects. Want to know more about our current research fields or profile areas?

Diverse and technically advanced learning environment:
Stockholm University's and the Royal Institute of Technology's joint research and educational initiative: AlbaNova University Centre is an international and dynamic facility. With 600 researchers and PhD students and about 2000 BSc and MSc students the atmosphere is diverse and progressive. We have a friendly atmosphere at our department and its moderate size allows for informal and close contact between students and teachers, ensuring good educational support throughout the programme. Most of your studies take place at AlbaNova where we host Sweden's largest operating optical telescope. During some courses our students also get to use the 20 meter radio telescope at Onsala Space Observatory and the 2.5 meter Nordic Optical Telescope at La Palma. In addition to this, it is possible to get international experience from collaborative projects such as the Hubble Space Telescope, Zwicky Transient Facility, Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory or the the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope <>at La Palma.

A deep infrared view of the Orion Nebula from HAWK-I. Credit:  ESO/H. Drass et al.
A deep infrared view of the Orion Nebula from HAWK-I. Credit: ESO/H. Drass et al.

Programme Structure

With the collective expertise at our department, the outline of this programme is designed to give you a broad skill set. You can apply your knowledge of physics to key astronomical fields and complement your education with the elective courses. Students without sufficient knowledge in astronomy from their BSc studies are provided compulsory introduction courses in Cosmology (7.5 credits*) and Stellar Structure and Evolution (7,5 credits). The final component of your studies is a thesis project where you independently plan, perform and report a research project with supervision from one of our researchers. The programme outline is shown below. Please note that this outline may be subject to change.

*The Swedish credit system is compatible with the European standard ECTS. 30 ECTS is equivalent to one semester of full time studies.

First year (60 credits)
Autumn Spring
Astrophysical Gas Dynamics Observational Astrophysics l
Galaxies Observational Astrophysics ll
The Physics of the Interstellar Medium Planetary Systems
Elective course* Elective course
Second year (60 credits)
Autumn Spring
Astrophysical Radiation Processes

Degree project (30 or 45 credits)

High Energy Astrophysics
Late Stages of Stars, Super-novae and Gamma-ray Bursts
Elective course*

*See all elective courses offered in the Master's programme.

Examples of previous degree projects:

  • Studies of unidentified lines in the solar spectrum (2016)  
  • The fraction of Lyman-a emitting galaxies at redshifts 3 to 6 (2016)
  • A Photometric Variability Study Using Brown Dwarfs As Giant Planet Analogues (2016)
  • Progenitor Metallicities of 1987A-like Supernovae - Indirect Measurements at Explosion Sites (2014)

Career prospects

Our MSc programme in astronomy is very versatile and our students acquire a broad set of skills that are useful both inside and outside of the academic field. These skills include a good knowledge of physics and information technology and generally excellent problem solving skills. Therefore an education in Astronomy provides you with great opportunities on the labour market. Our alumni not only work in astronomical research but  also  in insurance analytics, ICT, teaching, data warehouse/software and computer game development, environmental research and leading positions at companies such as Telia and Facilia.

Application procedure

The application period for our Master's programmes starting in autumn 2017 opens on October 17th, 2016. You apply by following the three steps below and your application should be registered no later than January 16th, 2017.

Scholarship & funding

The scholarship scheme at Stockholm University is aimed at especially qualified students coming from countries outside of EU/EEA/Switzerland and who are required to pay tuition fees for studies. Show scholarships offered by Stockholm University.

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships target highly-qualified students from certain countries. The scholarships will be awarded for master’s studies in Sweden, starting in autumn and covers both living costs and tuition fees. Show scholarships offered by the Swedish Institute.

You are also encouraged to investigate what scholarships are available through your university, government or international organisations.


If you have any questions or need more information about the application procedure, programme structure or practical details concerning your studies at Stockholm University, please do not hesitate to contact our Student office.

We look forward to your application!

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Application period 2018


Student office
Gorica Nikolic
Office: B4:1001
Open: usually Mon-Fri 10.00-11.30, 13.00-15.00 
Tel: +468 5537 8650

Student advisor
Magnus Näslund
Phone: +468 5537 8534, Tuesdays 9:45-11:00am 

Director of graduate studies
Jesper Sollerman
Phone: +468 5537 8554


Bachelor of Science Degree consisting of 180 credits including a major in Astronomy.

Knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6. How can I meet the English proficiency requirement?


Grades of academic courses, relevant work and/or research experience and the relevance of previous studies in relation to the programme


Application fee: 900 SEK
First tuition fee instalment: 70, 000 SEK
Total tuition fee: 280, 000 SEK

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to pay fees